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boehner. both sides remain hopeful but little progress was made. if the president and speaker boehner can't reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes for all americans will go up, and across the board spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. economists say that combination would plunge the country back into a recession. >> reporter: there are signs some republicans will willing to compromise on taxes if they can secure cut to social security, medicare and medicaid. >> give the president the 2% increase that he is talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%, and all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlement. >> reporter: one proposal under discussion, raising the eligibility age for medicare is not going over well with democrats and advocates for senior citizens. >> the option, for example, to raise the medicare age actually is bad policy and will increase costs, because people who are 65 and 66 still need health insurance. >> reporter: the aarp says the real solution to cutting the deficit is lowers skyrocketing health care costs. in washington, danielle nottin
speaker john boehner spoke on the phone wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. the white house has made clear the country could go over the cliff if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> to do that to 98% of the american people, because of an insistence that the wealthiest americans get a tax cut would be profoundly wrong. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks but bush-era tax cuts must be extended to all americans. >> reporter: the standoff and debt concerns ryan. so much so, that he is the guy if the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the group the can kicks back is working to get young people involved in fixing the debt crisis. >> we are trying to connect with our generation in a different way using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grassroots campaign wants to sign up more than 2 million people to push pressure on both sides. danielle nottingham, cbs 5. >>> lawyers
to the two main power brokers, president obama and house speaker john boehner. >> if the president doesn't agree with our proposal, he has an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own. a plan that can pass both chambers of the congress. >> reporter: with the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff deadline, government workers have joined the push but they want to make sure they're not cut out of the deal. >> federal employees that i represent have offered up $103 billion to the federal deficit. >> reporter: jd cox of the american federation of government employees say they can't afford anymore cuts and going over the fiscal cliff will impact millions of americans. >> there would be a lot of federal employees who would be furloughed or riffed and would lose their jobs. >> reporter: economists say the combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will kick in january 1st if congress and the president don't reach an agreement could plunge the country back into recession. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >> the house is scheduled to formal
boehner spoke by phone last night after republicans sent a new deal offer but senate majority leader harry reid isn't very happy about the discussion on the senate floor this morning. reid compared the back and forth between the gop leaders and the white house to the peanuts comic strike where charlie brown tries to kick the football that keeps getting yanked away. >> we are not going to fall for that again. the american people aren't going to be under the illusion that the republicans are sometime in the future going to come up with revenue. they are going to come up with raising the rates or, madam president, we are going over the cliff. >> well, if congress and the white house can't team up and reach a deal by new year's eve, automatic tax hikes and steep spending cuts will take effect which could send the united states back into recession. and clearly have a lot of work to do. >>> a dungeness deal has bay area crabbers out on the water again. they went on strike after brokers tried pay them less than $3 a pound. the strike meant there was little fresh dungeness left in stores and resta
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